QUESTION – My yard is mostly shady and I am having a difficult time growing nectar plants for hummingbirds. Can you recommend a plant that I can grow in my yard that is both attractive and will provide nectar for ruby-throated hummingbirds?
Answer: You might be surprised to learn that the hosta might be the answer to your dilemma.
Hostas are grown by Georgia gardeners primarily for their attractive foliage. As such, there is a wide variety of hostas available to the home gardener. These plants vary widely in leaf color, size and shape.
Although some varieties will grow in the sun, most prefer partial to full shade.
What is often overlooked is that they also produce beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers that are laden with nectar. These blossoms range in color from white to lavender.
In addition, some varieties bloom earlier than others. With that in mind, if you are planning on planting hostas for hummingbirds, it is a good idea to select several varieties that bloom at different times. This will ensure that hummingbirds will be treated to a source of nectar throughout the sum